Hot cocoa is the perfect warming winter drink for the whole family. Cosy up in front of the fire on Christmas Eve and leave one for Santa, or enjoy a socially-distanced cocktail this New Year with friends. Need ideas? We’ve compiled our three favorite recipes: bombs, stirrers & spiked, to warm your heart (and hands) this holiday season.

Hot Chocolate Bombs


  • Chocolate of choice
  • Hot cocoa powder
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Milk of choice


This is the perfect craft to make with kids of all ages over the school holidays. With only four ingredients — chocolate, milk, hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows (optional) — this is a social media trend worth trying. Follow along this easy video for instructions.

TIP: Apply two layers of chocolate to make balls firmer and easier for little hands to remove them from the mold.

Hot Chocolate Stirrers


  • 2 cups of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate of choice
  • Selection of mini marshmallows, crushed candy canes, mini fudge pieces or candy of choice, for decoration


  • Ice Cube Tray (BSCT2)
  • Bamboo Spoons (BAMDSPN65)
  • Ribbon for decoration
This is the perfect gift for your foodie friends. Make ahead and wrap them up with a colorful ribbon to give away. This recipe first appeared in our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. Click to view the full guide here.

  • Put the chocolate in a bowl and heat in the microwave in 30 second bursts until runny, stirring after each blast. Or melt it in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  • Carefully pour the melted chocolate into the pots. Place a bamboo spoon in the middle of each and sprinkle your chosen decorations around it.
  • Put them in the fridge to set.
  • When completely solid, carefully remove the chocolates from the mold. Tie each with ribbon or string for decoration.
  •  Then, when you’re ready to enjoy, simply stir into hot milk.

TIP: You can use any chocolate you like, white, semi-sweet or bitter, to suit the tastes of your recipient.

chocolate stirrers closeup tablecraft bamboo spoons

Spiked Iced Cocoa


  • 2oz Hot Cocoa (cooled)
  • 2oz Irish Cream Liquor
  • 1oz Vanilla Vodka
  • Chocolate Reindeer
  • Whipped Cream


So yes, this isn’t hot cocoa but hear us out on this one… this is worth making for the grown-ups to enjoy because who doesn’t feel festive sipping a cream liquor? And they’re a lot of fun to share. Follow along with our how-to video below.

TIP: Iced hot chocolate is a delicious discovery and can be enjoyed without alcohol by children of all ages. Just shake with ice and serve.

If you try one of these delicious recipes, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments or tag us on Instagram @tablecraft_fs. Cheers!

Rebecca Redden

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